Men five times more likely to remain underdiagnosed for eating disorders: Study

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New Delhi: Eating disorders in men are five times more likely to remain underdiagnosed as compared to women, which also delays their treatment options, a study has revealed.

Eating disorders include conditions like anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder and overconsumption and are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape.

“Stereotypes about who develops eating disorders could contribute to disparities in diagnosis and treatment, with males of higher weight, people of colour, and the non-affluent most likely to be slipping through the cracks,” said Kendrin Sonneville, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in the US.

The study which was conducted on 1,700 college graduates found that females were almost 1.5 times more likely to get treated than males, and affluent students were nearly two times more likely to get treatment compared to non-affluent.

White students were nearly two times more likely to get…

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